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NFL Mock Draft: Notoriouskro’s Final Mock
NFL Mock Draft season is finally over with the NFL Draft starting tonight in Chicago. Two trades are already in the books with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles coming up to grab the first rounds top two picks. I took the liberty of adding a few trades to my mock that seemed to make sense. Lets run through the picks and have some fun in the process!
*All trades in brackets are projected*
1. Los Angeles Rams via Tennessee – Jared Goff | QB | California
The Los Angeles Rams gave up a king’s ransom to move up from 15 to 1 to get a quarterback proving further the Case Keenum is our guy talk was a lot of noise. Jared Goff is the most NFL ready quarterback in this class with the most upside. He should play right away in Los Angeles and having Todd Gurley to hand off to should help smooth the transition.
2. Philadelphia Eagles via Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz | QB | North Dakota State
The Philadelphia Eagles followed the lead of the Rams and traded up to the second pick. Some believed they would take Ezekiel Elliott two overall because the “have a quarterback” but after Sam Bradford requested a trade that idea seems further from reality. Scouts see the size and the arms strength of Carson Wentz as ideal for a future stud quarterback. Wentz should be the pick here. As for if he lives up to the hype that will be seen in a few seasons.
3. San Diego Chargers – Ronnie Stanley | OT | Notre Dame
The San Diego Chargers are a mess especially on the offensive line. While most assume Laremy Tunsil is the best tackle in the 2016 draft class and will be the first off of the board I have them taking Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame. Tunsil has some character concerns that are reportedly making he and Stanley a legitimate debate.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa | DE | Ohio State
Another popular landing spot that I just can’t see. The Cowboys made clear they believe in their offensive line and can make most running backs work including the newly acquired Alfred Morris. The defense is a concern especially along the defensive line with Greg Hardy likely done in the NFL and DeMarcus Lawrence suspended for the first four games of the season. Bosa is a day one contributor and well worth a top 5 draft pick.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey | DB | Florida State
The Jaguars get an absolute steal in Jalen Ramsey who is my favorite player in the 2016 class. Provided he avoids injury he should be the next Charles or Rod Woodson. He will play cornerback to start with the ability to transition to safety later in his career. His ball skills are impressive and should be on display starting Day 1.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil | OT | Ole Miss
The Ravens are in need of help along their offensive line and they get it with Tunsil. He has the ability to be a day one starter that will become a multiple time all pro. He should protect Joe Flacco’s blindside and create running lanes for Justin Forsett, Buck Allen and whoever else gets carries behind him. This is a slam dunk pick that keeps the draft record of Ozzie Newsome looking impressive
7. Chicago Bears (via San Francisco) – Myles Jack | LB | UCLA
We have our first draft night trade. The Chicago Bears have a ton of holes on the defensive side of the ball and they get a huge piece in Myles Jack. He can be a special player at outside linebacker that John Fox may use Jack much like he used Von Miller during his time in Denver.
8. Cleveland Browns – Paxton Lynch | QB | Memphis
Paxton Lynch felt like the pick the Browns have wanted to make since day 1. They understood they could trade back, add assets and still get their guy. There is potential for them to possibly move back further but in my mock they settle at pick 8. Hue Jackson will build around Lynch for the future. They will still give Robert Griffin 3 every opportunity to start this season.
9. Tennessee Titans via LA Rams (via Tampa Bay) – DeForest Buckner | DE | Oregon
The Titans made a trade already with the Rams to move from 1 to pick 15. However I think they want to move back into the top 10 if the right player is waiting for them. In this scenario DeForest Buckner slides and Tennessee seizes an opportunity. While most assume they are grabbing a tackle to fix their offensive line I feel they are fine with Taylor Lewan at left tackle and give the defense some much needed help. Buckner will fit great in the Titans 3-4 defensive scheme. He played in the same 3-4 during his time with the Ducks.
10. New York Giants – Ezekiel Elliot | RB | Ohio State
Most assume Ezekiel Elliott will fall somewhere in the top 10 in thursday night’s first round. The Giants make a ton of sense as a potential suitor for Elliott. They are in need of a guy who can take the majority of the first and second down work. He can fill that role nicely and help on third down as he is a reliable pass catcher. The Giants have a variety of needs but Elliott can take some pressure of Eli Manning and the Giants can address defense as the draft progresses.
11. San Francisco 49ers (via Chicago) – Laquon Treadwell | WR | Ole Miss
The 49ers are now on the clock after trading back with Chicago. While there is a need for multiple positions on this team they grab a playmaker for whomever is under center. If the Niners can bring back Anthony Davis the offensive line should be in amuch better place this year. Like the Giants, San Francisco will need to address defense and other needs with the rest of their picks.
12. New Orleans Saints – A’Shawn Robinson | DT | Alabama
The Saints have a ton of holes to fill on both sides of the ball. They’ll spend round 1 solidifying their defensive line. A’Shawn Robinson is the best defensive tackle in this class and should go a long way to improve the Saints front seven.
13. Miami Dolphins – Eli Apple | DB | Ohio State
The Miami Dolphins grab a Buckeye with their first round selection though it may not be the one some may have hoped as Elliot is off the board. However they Dolphins are a team that has offensive pieces. Their defense added talent last season but most of the that came in front seven. Adding Apple will help their secondary which took a hit with Brent Grimes departing during the offseason. Apple should help right away.
14. Oakland Raiders – Reggie Ragland | LB | Alabama
The Oakland Raiders are building one of the best young teams in the NFL. With their pick the take Reggie Ragland to solidify their inside linebacking core. After filling needs with Sean Smith, Bruce Irvin and Kelechi Osemele during free agency the Raiders have some flexibility with their pick. Ragland should be a reliable starter for many seasons to come.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves | DB | Florida
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are drafting here after swapping with the Tennessee Titans. The move makes more sense as they still get the cornerback they covet most in Vernon Hargreaves. The additional picks should help add depth to both sides of the ball.
16. Detroit Lions – William Jackson | DB | Houston
The Lions have a ton of different ways to go with their first round selection including wide receiver as they look to replace recently retired Calvin Johnson. They will take William Jackson from the University of Houston who some believe is the second best defensive back in this class. He should go a long way to help in a division with dynamic passing offenses.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Shaq Lawson | DE | Clemson
The Atlanta Falcons are in need of talent on the defensive side of the ball. Their offense typically tries to shoulder much of the load for this team. Adding Lawsome will go a long way towards helping the Falcons get pressure on opposing quarterbacks and stabilizing their front seven.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Jack Conklin | OT | Michigan State
A season ago the Colts passed on offensive line help and took a weapon for quarterback Andrew Luck. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to stay on the field to utilize that weapon due to injury. They won’t make the same mistake twice and will draft Jack Conklin. Some believe he is a top 10 talent in this class and he will be a nice prize for the Colts.
19. Buffalo Bills – Kevin Dodd | DE | Clemson
The Buffalo Bills have talent on the defensive side of the ball but are in need of pass rushers especially at defensive end. Kevin Dodd is explosive and flashed during his final season at Clemson. Rex Ryan and company should have fun figuring out how to utilize him best.
20. New York Jets – Taylor Decker | OT | Ohio State
The Jets D’brickashaw Ferguson retired after 10 seasons in the NFL and left a hole on their offensive line. Taylor Decker should fill the role nicely. He is the best tackle left on the board at this point in the draft and is a tier above the next group of tackles. This pick makes too much sense for the Jets to pass on.
21. Washington Redskins – Vernon Butler | DT | Louisiana Tech
The Washington Redskins were winner of the Josh Norman lottery after the Panthers took away his franchise tag. That made defensive line and specifically defensive tackle as their biggest need. Vernon Butler is a freak athlete at his size and should be a stud at the next level. He should help stop the run and collapse the pocket.
22. Houston Texans – Josh Doctson | WR | TCU
The Texans added some firepower to their offense during the offseason with quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller. They continue to build their offense with the selection of Josh Doctson. He’s a big, physical playmaker that should thrive opposite DeAndre Hopkins. He ranked third on my pre-draft rookie dynasty rankings
23. Minnesota Vikings - Corey Coleman | WR | Baylor
The Minnesota Vikings have a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. Giving quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a weapon across from Stefon Diggs who may have been the steal of last years draft makes a ton of sense. Corey Coleman has elite athleticism, runs good routes, and displays solid hands. While having two smaller receivers may seem less than ideal both play bigger that they are and should be just fine.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Andrew Billings | DT | Baylor
The Bengals will need to add depth and talent to the defensive side of the ball. Defensive tackle is a great place to start and Andrew Billings makes a ton of sense. Adding a physical run stuffer will help that side of the ball get better and compliment Geno Atkins well.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Will Fuller | WR | Notre Dame
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without wide receiver Martavis Bryant for this season due to a year-long drug suspension. They still have Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton who are fine ancillary pieces. Will Fuller however could be special in this offense opposite Antonio Brown. He can be a vertical threat that can utilize Ben Roethlisberger’s deep ball ability.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Derrick Henry | RB | Alabama
Anyone who has Thomas Rawls in dynasty may cringe when they see this pick but the Seahawks are in need of running back health. Marshawn Lynch retired during the off-season and Rawls is still recovering from a brutal leg injury last season. Henry could play right away and help balance out the Seahawks offense. Defensive Tackle could make sense here as well with Sheldon Rankins and Jarran Reed still on the board.
27. Green Bay Packers – Darron Lee | LB | Ohio State
The Packers don’t have a ton of holes but could look at offensive line or linebacker with their first round pick. Darron Lee would be the best available player at a position of need and thus would be a smart pick. Lee is an athletic linebacker that would fit nicely in the Packers defense.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Robert Nkemdiche | DT | Ole Miss
Robert Nkemdiche is a highly talented player that had some off the field issues during his time at Ole Miss. He also had some lack of effort questions during his time with the Rebels. The Chiefs have depth concerns and will have free agency problems to think about. He could be a steal at this point if they get him going in the right direction.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Noah Spence | DE | Eastern Kentucky
Noah Spence is an elite prospect that had issues early during his Ohio State career. Due to some off the field issues he found himself at Eastern Kentucky. He has been a model citizen on all accounts since going to Eastern Kentucky. He can be an elite pass rusher and a great compliment to the Cardinals defense.
30. Carolina Panthers – Mackenzie Alexander | DB | Clemson
The Panthers let Josh Norman walk after they were unable to come to a contract agreement. They need to find a replacement and Mackenzie Alexander fits the bill nicely. He displays good coverage skills and provides nice value at this point of the draft.
31. Denver Broncos – Cody Whitehair | OL | Kansas State
The Denver Broncos don’t have a ton of needs after winning the Super Bowl but they are far from perfect. They could look at quarterback if they feel like Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg, or Cardale Jones can be legitimate options. I think they’ll forgo a quarterback and take an offensive lineman. Cody Whitehair is a versatile player who can play both center and guard. The Broncos could trade out of this spot to a team looking to get back into the first round.